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Super Mario Endgame by Beau-Skunk Super Mario Endgame by Beau-Skunk
[link] (A li'l appropriate background music via Youtube.) ;)

"Although conscious of their impending doom, at this point, both combatants feel they have nothing left to lose...
After years of exchanging insults and vows of personal destruction, all is said and done...
The only recourse left is..." (Cue fight starting.)

~Narration excerpt from "Endgame"

For those that don't "get it," this is a reference to the famous & controversial "Endgame" story arc in issue #50 of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" comic book series by Archie Comics.
(I'm a fan of that series, regardless of it ups & downs, so spare me the fanboy-ish "bashing" please.) It's now available in the "Sonic Archives: Vol. 13" book.

Even though this is a comic book parody/homage, I actually wanted this to look pretty "serious," and darker then most stuff I've drawn. (Sense I mostly do funny/goofy/random stuff, I thought I'd try something different.)

While Mario's not really known for being "dark & serious," and being light-hearted and comical, if you look at some of the games they do have their darker and serious moments to. (Look at "Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door," or the Super Mario Galaxy games for instance.)
The series always knows how to balance the dark with the light, without being to gritty, or to cutesy/happy.

I also used Bowser's "King Koopa" design from the old Super Mario cartoons by DiC, and the old short-lived Valiant "Nintendo Comics System" comics. I felt that fit, sense during the earlier days of the Sonic comic (including "Endgame") they used the DiC Sonic cartoon design of Robotnik, so it just seemed appropriate.
^^; Plus, I feel King Bowser Koopa's cartoon design isn't quite as beloved as the Americanized "Julian Ivo Robotnik" design, (when it comes to fanart) and needs more love. I always liked that design, and personality for Bowser so I tried to make him look accurate, but also a li'l more "threatening" here so I added more spikes to his shell, and perhaps a li'l to much detail on the hand.
As for Mario I tried to make him look more like how Yoichi Kotabe draws him. (That's the guy who illistrates the original NES Mario games for Nintendo.)
In the original drawing I accidently gave Mario 5 knuckles, (something I oddly didn't notice after inking this) so I had to erase one digitally in MSPaint to make it look right.

Regardless of some of the flaws of this piece, (I didn't make the background energy circle big enough for one thing.) I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out, and it looks like one of my best "Mario" fanart pieces I've put up on DA. :)
(Wich is great, 'cause I don't consider myself a "good artist" in any way. lol)

BTW that's not "lava" that's purple energy swirling around them.
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SMDKFan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
OMG totally reminds of that Sonic Issue :D

Go Mario!!!!
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Hehe, thanks, I was afraid nobody would "get" it. ;)
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SMDKFan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I did :D and if the marios had their own archie series this would explain bowser's change alot.

Like...After defeating Bowser and etc. he rose up as Dry Bowser and was like that for awhile until his kids and kamek and kammy found a way to give him back his flesh and etc. upon doing that gave Bowser his current form.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Y'know, I actually had a very similar story idea to that. ;p Hehe

I wish they did have a comic, but I doubt it'll ever happen... I hear Nintendo actually did turn down Archie's offers to do a 4-part mini-series based on Mario, Metroid, and Kirby in short-comic stories... (You can even see images/character concept sketches that Tracy Yardley drew online.) Ironically, that was around the same time they pitched a Megaman series to Capcom, but Capcom was apparently pleased, and let them do a "Megaman" comic. (Which is doing so well, they're going to do a second Megaman comic based on the "Megaman X" canon, I hear.) 

Apparently, Nintendo is notorious for turning down offers like that to do a new comic, movie, or TV series based on their franchises, (yet they'll allow/license Campbell's to make soup with noodle shapes based on Mario...) 
I understand them being a li'l paranoid, sense the 1993 "Super Mario Bros." movie was a bit odd, and didn't do well in the box office, (I still kinda liked it though personally) but sense nowadays people who grew up with Nintendo, and are more familiar with them are in the animation/comic buisiness now would be a good time for them to let Archie or IDW make a Mario comic, or something. (The reason I chose those 2 companies, is because those are the only 2 comic companies that allow their licensed series to last a long time.) 

It's also a shame 'cause writer Ian Flynn (who writes for both Archie's Sonic & Megaman comics) is not only a Sonic & Megaman fan, (hence why he knows so much about said franchises) but also a fan of Mario & Nintendo's games, as well. He expressed interest in doing a comic based on one of their franchises. ("Star Fox" being one of his favorite Nintendo games to.)

I hate to admit it, but I would love to see what a more modern "Captain N: The Game Master" (an old Nintendo TV show & comic series) would be like. (It'd probobly more true to the source material to some games.)
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SMDKFan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
yeah. But hopefully they'll reconsider one day or at least do a crossover one day.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Oh man, I would LOVE a Super Mario, Sonic, and Megaman crossover comic! :D 
Sense all 3 series have a nice variety of characters it would also be cool to see them to.

Not to mention with Bowser's dark powers & monsters combined with Eggman & Wiley's tech, that would offer some cool new enemies, and such. (Troopas with robotic armor, roboticized goombas, and more technically-advanced Mecha-Koopas & Bob-Ombs... Y'know, I'm tempted to design those now.)
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SMDKFan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
yeah that'd be sweet :D I'd even love if they did those 3 guys with Donkey Kong and see the four main villains *Bowser, K.Rool, Eggman, and Wiley* trying to destroy them, only to fail :D
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Perhaps, though the DKC series isn't quite as popular nowadays as the other 3 series. (Though, still quite popular regardless.) Plus, sense it's kinda a spin-off of the Mario series, it'd look kinda like favoritism, that they have 2 Nintendo series, with 1 Capcom, and 1 Sega. 
DK & Diddy could have a cameo though, or something.
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KidBobobo Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except, King Koopa sinks in molten lava and becomes the fiery Bowser we know today. Just as long as Peach isn't a Women Are Wiser freedom fighter leader who charges Mario for alledged treason and Mario ends up accused of murder. And no Prince Haru expy of Geoffry St. John.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Just hope there isn't a "Mario Live" issue. ;p
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:iconkidbobobo:
KidBobobo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With those kids from the American LOZ 1 commercial (the ones who killed rap), as the creators of Mario.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Should have the dancers from the "Link to the Past" Japanese commercial, and this crazy guy running around yelling "ZELDA!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-qBkW…

P-P-PEAHATS!
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KidBobobo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now the whole thing makes zero sense.
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sad to see the The other Big Round Guy bite it in StH #50 and Directors Cut but funny parody just the same.

Nintendo will more than likely keep Bowser around for Nintendo eternity.
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Yeah, no matter how many times Bowser, or Robotnik get "killed," they always come back. ;)

Heck, Robotnik fell into a volcano at the ending of "Sonic Spinball" I remember.
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britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still remember all of those times when I beat Robotnik and managed to hit his little airship at the end of Sonic 1 and it lost altitude in just one hit. Oh and the two Death Egg machines that blew up in Sonic 2 and S&K, I remember those as well. May Robotnik endure forever more.
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Egg belly can survive anything. ;)
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:iconbritts-demesne:
britts-demesne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And that's a good thing too.:nod:
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DaddlerProwers Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Great Parody/Tribute to Archie Sonic Issue #50!
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thankies. :)
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Scarface271 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Nice pic. Funny thing is, when I was a kid, I kind of imagined a similar thing happening with King Koopa/Bowser after reading issues 47-50 of the Sonic Archie Comics. XP
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
That's kinda funny. :) Glad you liked it.
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victauron Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check out this picture I made borrowing :ian2x4:'s OCs victauron.deviantart.com/art/I…
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
I don't know who they are, but that's nice. :)
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:iconvictauron:
victauron Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you and those characters belong to:iconian2x4: and what do you think of them.
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theshsx71 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Looks like mario and bowser getsErazed from existence by ultimate annihilatorhope mario survive this
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MGartist Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice fan art! Before I read your description, I noticed the endgame sonic reference. :)
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
That's cool, nice to know people recognize it, and the poses. :)
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yoshi4ever01 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Bowser's Super Mario Show styled!
Awesome :3
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thanks, I always liked that version. :) That design was also used in some of the older SMB comics & merchandise.
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BenorianHardback26 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I loved it! :D
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks. :)
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BenorianHardback26 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Scurvypiratehog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
This looks great! Love what you did here. So what will happen next? King koopa getting replaced by he's video game counterpart? LOL XD
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
;p Maaaaybe... I see what you did there.
And then Mario & Luigi go on a "world tour" to stop an evil wizard.
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Scurvypiratehog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Yes. To stop Kamek? Or...wizardheimer?
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
I'm amazed somebody remembers "Wizardheimer." ;p (A one-shot villain from an episode of the "Super Mario World" cartoon.)
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Scurvypiratehog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Well I do :D
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VictorFlynnFletcher Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
I can paint this????
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Not right now, but thanks. ^^;
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Pyrose17 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Hahah! This is great!
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thank you. :D
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Pyrose17 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
You're welcome.
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SpongeDudeCoolPants Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice Sonic refrence LOL
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Thanks, Sonic & Mario crossover pics are pretty common, but hopefully this is a more unique reference.
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SpongeDudeCoolPants Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :)
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MrTumminia Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A tribute to end game! Very good!
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:iconbeau-skunk:
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Thanks, nice to see some people who "get" the reference. ;)

Most of my drawings don't come out the way I wanted them to, and I don't consider myself a "good artist" in any way. Though, this is probably my favorite pic on DA that I've drawn so far.
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Toni-the-Mink Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Would you mind if I took a stab at coloring this myself? X) I really like this after all
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
I suppose that's ok. :)
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